Acceptance, Self Acceptance Kundalini Yoga 19 Nov 2019

Acceptance, Self-Acceptance – Kundalini Yoga 18 November 2019

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This week I want to focus on acceptance and what this really means? How we can embody it? Last week my mum’s health deteriorated and I got a severe muscle cramp in my upper right arm so much so that after our Week 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 Sri Lanka 2019, I could not even lift my arm. I remember saying to my mum when she was in pain, relax and just accept that you cannot move for a few days until your leg gets better. It is so easy to give advice but taking it is a lot harder, as I found out. I first felt upset that I had an arm injury, why and how did it happen to me? The mind keeps you occupied with these questions a good distraction and helps to start getting you emotional. Then I remembered my words to my mum and thought I just need to accept this situation, relax and stop trying to work out what went wrong. I relaxed and stop trying to do things and I had to rely on my husband to help me, brush my hair, dress me, even feed me as picking up a fork was painful. This morning I woke up 70% better. I believe if you can really just accept a situation as it is without trying to deny it, pretend it is not there or reject it, it will start to balance itself out. A Yogi Bhajan quote, “ Embrace to erase”.

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We are always trying to change life, improve ourselves and our situations, when we fail we feel defeated, judge ourselves harshly. We need to start with an attitude of acceptance, that reality at this moment even if we do not like it, has occurred and only from the acceptance of this moment can we make change possible. Self-acceptance is the same. Instead of self-improvement, move towards a sense of self-acceptance, self-love, even in times of pain.   Accept yourself for who you are and what you are before attempting to strive for self-improvement. It is a subtle yet powerful shift in attitude. Be aware notice your talents.

We may not like reality but by blaming and shouting about the unfairness of life does not change anything, save your energy. First accept and from this attitude take action to improve your situation.

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Tues 19 Nov 9.15-10.30am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 19 Nov 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5

Wed 20 Nov 5-7.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 20 Nov 6.45-8pm        Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 21 Nov 6.30-7.45pm Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Mon 25 Nov 5-8pm All Kundalini Yoga Teachers Meet, including Master Class on Biomedical science and Kundalini Yoga by Dr Sat Bir Singh Khalsa – Free but pot luck food for dinner.

Remember you can buy your 4000Rs class pass for 12 classes over 4 weeks.

 

 

Kundalini Yoga – 6.15pm 23 Sept @ Prana Lounge

The Retreat

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training 2019 has started off as a deeply transformative experience for the students and training team alike.  We learnt through experiential workshops about our breath signatures, how our nervous system has plasticity to change as a result of glial cells, the compassion at of the heart of a kundalini yoga teacher, the Vayu’s in yogic anatomy, the quantum technology of mantra that affects us as a cellular level, etc. during 7 intensive days starting at 5am and ending at 6pm.

The Venue  as usual we started off in Colombo spending our last 3 days at Guava House, enjoying the variety of birds, squirrels, nature and prana which was an uplifting experience.  We ended the last morning on the misty pool deck at Guava House with Sadhana staring at a starlit sky before chanting into the dawn to clear the stories that litter our subconscious and stop us living in the present moment.

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The Food was delicious local, seasonal veggies and fruit. With homemade muesli, buffola curd, delicious coconut milk curries, red rice and a range of handmade kittul pani treats at tea time.

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This week we will work on dealing with clearing our mental stories, whether they are complaints in our mind about our relationships, family, life situation or worries.  Through kriya, conscious living yamas and niyamas we will try to reduce the weight of the world from our shoulders. Sat nam see you this week. Love Fi x www.sanasuma.co.uk  0778011094 raymond.fiona@gmail.com

Mon 23 September 6.15 -7.45pm  Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 24 September  9.30-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @9 Greenlands Lane , Col 5

Tues 25 September  6.15-7.30pm  Kundalini Yoga(Shaunagh) @ 145/5 Fife Rd , Col 5

Wed 26 September 5-7.30am      Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 26 September 6.45-8pm        Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 27 September 6.30-7.45pm  Kundalini Yoga@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Remember you can buy your 4000Rs class pass for 12 classes over 4 weeks.

Yogi Bhajan’s Birthday Celebrations 6.15pm on 26th August 2019 at Prana Lounge, Colombo

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We come together as a conscious community to celebrate the birthday of Yogi Bhajan’s the Yogi who delivered the Raj Yoga of Kundalini Yoga to the Western World. This year the celebration will be a cosy, community focused event at Prana Lounge by Donation. 6.15-7.15pm will be the Kundalini Yoga Class and Gong relaxation followed by a 31 mins Ra Ma Da Sa healing circle. If you cannot make it in time for class come for the healing circle. Afterwards we will share food. Fiona will bring veggie soup and salad, Shaunagh is baking a cake so pls bring something to add and share. Food will be shared at 7.50-8.30pm.

Change your energy state- Kundalini Yoga Retreats 18-20 May Amba Estate

Last week we worked on the Pranic cavity under the 8 vertebrae which is one of the store houses for our pranic energy.  We needed to get our energy back after the disturbing, unbalancing effect of collective grief, outrage, fear and pain we suffered as community in Sri Lanka.  This week we learn how to alter this pranic energy to create the effect we need at any given time.

This is what Yogi Bhajan has to say: “You have to learn to alter your energy. If at one frequency you are freaking out, change or alter your energy. You will not freak out.  You cannot change the time, but you can change the place. You cannot get out of your body but you can change its energy.  If the right nostril is sending fire (Agni) energy and you are thinking something very neurotic, start breathing from the left nostril. It will send the cooling sitalee energy.  If you are irritated, very depressed, in a most weird mental state, start breathing from the right nostril. Within 3 minutes after you shift the nostril, you will be in a different mental state.  The ability to change nostrils in breathing should be taught to your children within the first 3 years.”

We will practice the meditation to show you how to alter your energy state at your command.

Just letting you know we still have a few places left on our Retreat so if you are interested please let me know by email raymond.fiona@gmail.com 0778011984  www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 13 May  6.15-7.30pm      Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 14 May  9.45-10.45am    Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 14 May   6-7.15pm            Kundalini Yoga Class  Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 15 May  5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ , Col 5 (FREE)143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Wed 15 May  6.45-8pm             Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 16 May  6.30-7.45pm       Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Sat – Mon 18 – 20 May             Vesak Retreat@ Amba Estate, Bandarawela

Balancing the Gunas -Kundalini Yoga Poya Class 19 Feb 9.45am Om Shambala

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Balancing the Gunas

The yogis call the time prior to the big Bang the Unmanifested consciousness and after the Big Bang when matter and polarity is created, the separation between the Unmanifested and Manifest Shiva (creator) and Shakti (the destroyer).

Matter (Prakirti) is composed of 3 aspects or in Sanskrit Gunas. Gunas cannot be destroyed but the dominance of Gunas can be changed to change our perception of life.

I am going to relate the 3 gunas to the flavours of food. The flavor of a fresh raw apple, in its pure essence we could relate to the sattva guna.

When we add some spices and sugar to the apple it changes its true state to something different, something warming, expanding our taste buds, we have created something new and exciting out of the original pure taste of apple, a flavor of rajas guna.

If we get that same apple and ferment it, a process of deterioration into its sugary and finally alcoholic parts to make cider. When we drink cider it makes us slow, our limbs feel heavy, we feel attached to our opinions, too much may make us feel angry or confused, this is the tamas guna.

So why it this important? Well our thoughts, feeling and actions come from how we perceive life and the how we see life comes from the predominant guna influencing us at that moment

For example if you are feeling depressed, your mind and body are being dominated by tamas. If you are feeling angry again this is the tamas domination of your gunas. At present both these states of being are seen as the status quo in our society. More and more people are suffering from mood disorders, which are only made worse by taking drugs or alcohol which only increase the tamas quality of the mind. Directing your anger on twitter or social media without thought of how the communication will impact on another person, comes from the tamas guna. Yogi Ji reminds us that tamas gunas dominance is not the norm for a human being, in fact we are sattvic by nature or angelic. But this is going to depend on your lifestyle and how well your mind is disciplined

He gave us the gutka shabad to stop the mind when it gets insane. He said to chant a minimum of 5 times

“Ek Ong Kaar, Sat Gurprasaad. Sat Gurprasaad, Ek Ong Kaar.

It will stop the negativity of the mind and put it in reverse, it is a mantra that will reverse the downward spiral of the thoughts. Chant it with reverence as it is really powerful and then make sure your words and thoughts are positive. We will also be practicing the Tershula kriya this week which balances the gunas.3ded86ad97f79f8ccf06366f4b977ba0.png

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Mon 18 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 19 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 19 Feb 4.00-5.30pm  Poya Gong Bath Shaunagh@ Prana Lounge.

Wed 20 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 20 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thur 21 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Thurs 21 Feb 11-1pm          Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Sat   23 Feb 6-7.30pm     Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe.

Love, attraction & Kundalini Yoga

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Attraction – Kundalini Yoga and relationships

If we think that a romantic relationship will complete us, make up for our lack of self esteem or make us happy we are wrong. Dr Hair Simian says.

It is in the nature of an intimate relationship to reveal some of our deepest attachments and neuroses. Without a consistent way to dissolve the patterns of the subconscious, the patterns of the subconscious will dissolve the relationship. Our fear, limitations, and attachments define the limits of our tolerance. Tolerance is the foundation of a relationship. If you are looking for a perfect and ideal person to relate to, there isn’t one. If you’re going to reject your partner due to his or her faults or misguided concepts, you might as well leave now and save time. If you live for each other and encourage your partner to grow, develop, and expand in tolerance, you will be happy in that relationship. Growing and changing together develops the depth of a relationship. Share your growth.

If you ask your partner to complete you, you will be completely unhappy. We are by nature whole, complete, happy humans with a spiritual identity. If our identity relies on our relationship, the fluctuations of that relationship will bring you with it. If instead you rely on developing your relationship with yourself and your soul then you will remain steady.

 

Qualities to think about in a relationship:

  • Am I attracted to that person’s consciousness and spirit?
  • Do we share common ground on our, vibratory compatibility, similar vision regarding children, etc?
  • As conscious humans we are tolerant and grow in tolerance towards our partners.
  • If you want a relationship so you can get sometime out of your partner you will not be content. If your focus is on giving to the Universe, the Universe will serve you. When giving is your intention, you will be deeply satisfied in your relationship.
  • We all want a warm and cozy home. When the home has a cozy, warm, and graceful environment, the relationship has a warm nest to grow in. When the home is chaotic and disruptive, then division and isolation can happen between the partners. When there is freshly cooked food and the house smells good, it is difficult to argue. Happiness can be attained at home.
  • We must nurture our relationships by making time for each other. Withholding love and an attitude of scarcity will constrict and restrict the love between two people. If you don’t have time to hold your beloved, then it is time to adjust your schedule.

Sex starts at the third eye or 6th chakra with intention and perception. The balance of your nervous system and glandular system is important.

Dr Hari Simran says: The parasympathetic nervous system controls the rest and relaxing functions of the body and is necessary to access for arousal. If there is any fear or stress in the relationship or individual insecurity, then sexual arousal is blocked. In Kundalini Yoga therapy we recommend long deep breathing through the left nostril, Kirtan Kriya, and gong meditation to help access the ability to relax. To achieve a full orgasm requires accessing the sympathetic nervous system. This requires a degree of sexual tension, attraction, and passion. If couples “take each other for granted,” the passion begins to be elusive. In Kundalini Yoga therapy, we suggest that couples chant together, participate in White Tantric Yoga®, and do yoga that stimulates the sympathetic flow.

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Mon 11 Feb 6.15-7.30pm (Uta)Kundalini Yoga @Prana Lounge,60 Horton Place,Col 7

Tues 12 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 12 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Kids Yoga @Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Wed 13 Feb 5- 7.30am       Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 13 Feb 3.30- 4.15pm Radiant Kids (3-5yrs)@Om Space, Col 5

Wed 13 Feb 6.45-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 14 Feb 11-1pm          Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickle Rd, Col8

Longing to Belong & Elementary Stress – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 15 Oct 2018

spiritInspired by my trip to Kuala Lumpur and the Radiant Kundalini Yoga Festival I attended last week, I wanted to link two topics together. Elementary stress which is created by not being in touch with your soul and Longing to Belong, which is the emptiness we sometimes feel like loneliness that cannot be filled.

Yogi Bhajan informs us that the only real and deep stressor in life, is that you feel a hole in yourself and your life. You try to fill the gap by having relationships, being busy, buying things, filling our stomachs etc but you still do not feel fulfilled you still feel an emptiness inside. This is because there is an elementary stress within all of us. This elementary stress Yogi Bhajan tells us is because we feel a longing and that longing is to be at one with our infinite selves, with our soul. This is not outside ourselves but deep within. When we honour this relationship with soul or spirit on a daily basis this longing diminishes to a degree, as we are connecting with that which we long for on a regular basis. This then gives us the ability to drop our addictions, not fill our lives up with things, being busy, over eating. This is where our true will power comes from and as we reduce this fundamental stressor in our life, our elementary stress, this connection allows us to not take life so seriously and concentrate on the things we really want instead of the expectations of others and society.

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So this week, FEEL the longing of your soul to join back with the infinite. Sit with this feeling in meditation. Do not try to stop this feeling or make it better. This ability to sit with this ache in your heart, your heart burning because of this feeling of separation but not react to it, is our ultimate power. It has the ability to magnetise anything we need to us instead of spending our lives sweating, hassling in order to survive.   Amrit Singh also said that when we lie, even little white lies, it kills our trust in the Universe and it is this trust which helps us have the patience to sit with this longing to belong knowing that all we need will come to us.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 15 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 16 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues16 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 17 Oct   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 17 Oct 3.30-4.15pm Kids Yoga Classes@ Om Space, Colombo 5.

Wed 17 Oct 6.45-8pm Kundalini Yoga Class@9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 18 Oct 5.30-7pm Gong Bath@ YTT, Galle

No classes after Thursday as I am in UK until 8 November 2018

 

Mental Noise and Stress – Kundalini Yoga

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Relieve mental noise and stress

Stress increases mental noise, it is a universal effect. As mental noise increases our mind fills with sensations and thoughts. The mind begins to repeat things, get caught up in the same thought again and again. Feelings and thoughts can also seem unrelated. As I described in class last week, think of your mind as a large pond. When we receive sensory overload whether coming from traffic, loud noises, trying to do too many things at once or from inside our heads the still pond of our mind becomes agitated, when those waves become too fast and strong it can even express itself as mental illness, schizophrenia, OCD, etc, narratives or voices that seem separate from ourselves. These disturbed waves lead to mental fogginess, making mistakes and finally insulation to try and deal with this overload. Our mind creates stories and distortions which we believe are real. We become lost in the detail or lose sight of the whole becoming more impulsive, acting out of fear, trapped in habits becoming a different person or our stress personality.

We try to escape the pain of our sensory overload, by escaping our reality. We watch TV when we should be studying for our exams. We clean out a cupboard when we need to complete our tax form. We seek one great cause of our misery, our relationship, our families, our jobs, etc. We seek one solution to end our pain, if we are just more religious, good, follow a guru, etc we will be saved. Our striving for this one great solution becomes a platform for judging others, we start blaming and isolating ourselves and/or we escape into fantasy, TV, films, etc.

Now we are only using our old reptilian brain, situated at the brain stem to function. The limbic system which gives us compassion and the ability to relate to others stops functioning. We are in survival mode, alive but not living.

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Ok that all sounds terrible now what can we do. It is important that we have a daily practice of reducing the internal and external noise vibrating in our mind. Watch those waves and then dive deep into the stillness that exists even if the nosiest of brains. You could use the tools of yoga, pranayama, meditation, kriya, gong, going for a swim, etc. However being mindful (ie watching your thoughts) is not enough. You need to go one step further to move your mind into a neutral meditative state, zero or shuniya, even if it lasts for just for a few seconds. You need this mental silence to help you recalibrate your mind. It is like the reset button on your phone when it is playing up. From this reset state our brain function can get back to normal and we be the healthy, happy humans we were born to be.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 8 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 9 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues9 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 10 Oct   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

No classes after Tuesday as I am in Malaysia Kundalini Yoga Festival until Next Week

Stress Antidote Parasympathetic Nervous System – Kundalini Yoga 17 Sept, 6.15pm @ Prana Lounge.

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Parasympathetic nervous system a stress antidote.

The parasympathetic nervous system is the calming half of the autonomic (i.e. automatic) nervous system. It is the ability to calmly see with awareness and find the solution even when you feel really challenged. It is the break peddle of the vehicle of your body. If allows you to deeply relax, rejuvenate and regenerate. The parasympathetic nervous system is ruled by sound, therefore that is why Gong or mantra is so powerful to stimulate it.

The sympathetic nervous system is your alarm, it is the alertness of being on edge It is governed by sight as opposed to sound. It is your gas pedal in the vehicle of your body. We overly use our sympathetic nervous system; we have not found the off button. In today’s stressful lives more than ever it produces chronic stress which affects our health. The over production of adrenaline and cortisol leads to auto immune dysfunctions such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis. …
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). …
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). …
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS). …
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus. …
  • Psoriasis.

Just to list a few. The wonderful thing is we have yogic tools and technologies that allow us to reduce the sympathetic nervous system response by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. A study reported by International Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences ISSN: 2277-2103 (Online) An Online International Journal Available at http://www.cibtech.org/jms.htm 2011 Vol. 1 (1) September-December, pp.144-148/Kiran et al.concluded that , meditative lifestyle is specifically associated with better mental health scores. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity is affected by meditation. While comparing ANS activity of mediators and non mediators of each group separately, they concluded that there is an increase in parasympathetic activity, but the sympathetic activity was less in mediators.

Let’s practice sound healing and meditation on a daily basis to bring our autonomic nervous system back into balance. Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 17 Sept 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 18 Sept 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 18 Sept 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 19 Sept   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 19 Sept 6.45-8pm     KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Mon 24 Sept 6.15-8pm     Full Moon Gong Bath@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Fri   28 Sept 9pm-8am     All night Gong Puja@ Prana Lounge, Col 7 (Early Bird 4500Rs)

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LA233 810512 activate the parasympathetic nervous system

General Position:

Sit in easy pose with a straight spine.

Arms and Hands:

With the elbow straight raise the right arm up in front of the body until it is parallel to the ground and the hand is in front of the shoulder. Bend the wrist back sharply so that the palm faces forward. Curl the ring and little fingers down into the palm and lock the thumb over them. Extend the index and middle fingers and spread them apart as much as possible. Bend the left elbow and bring the arm up in front of the body, grasping the right arm just above the elbow where the hand fits naturally. The thumb is hooked under the upper arm. The left forearm is parallel to the ground, perpendicular to right

Breath: arm. Breathe as necessary to whisper the mantra. At the end of the meditation inhale deeply and hold 30 seconds; exhale, immediately inhale again, hold 30 seconds; exhale and relax.

Eyes

Look at the tip of the nose.

Practice this mantra which will never give you any trouble. It Mantra:

Powerfully whisper the following mantra:

ARDAAS BHAEE AMAR DAAS GUROO

AMAR DAAS GUROO ARDAAS BHAEE

RAAM DAAS GUROO RAAM DAAS GUROO RAAM DAAS GUROO SACHEE SAHEE.

Length of time:

Practice this meditation for 11 minutes.

Comments: This meditation will activate the parasympathetic nervous system and the central vagus nerve. will save you from all darkness: mental, physical, spiritual past, present, and future.

A Strong Nervous System means less Stress – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm Mon Sept 10@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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Living our daily lives especially in the Age of Aquarius, juggling, work, family, friends and finances can be difficult at the best of times, but when challenges or crisis hits we can feel overwhelmed by pressure which can literally derail us and end up as STRESS.

How we respond consciously or unconsciously to our environment, people and situations all depends on the strength of our nervous system. The nervous system consists of three parts: Central Nervous System (sensation & motor control), Peripheral Nervous System (connects nerves to organs and limbs) and Autonomic Nervous System (emergency response: Sympathetic- “gas pedal” & Parasympathetic- “brake pedal”). Nerve impulses from these 3 different systems communicate with our glands, muscles and organs via electrical and chemical signals to sense and respond, or sense and react.

Some of the benefits to having a strong nervous system are that you can manage stress, respond less automatically and process sensations and emotions so they do not create patterns/habits in our sub and unconscious mind.

Have you ever looked away during a scary movie or if you see something painful? It feels like you cannot bare to watch what is about to happen, anticipating something bad? This is what a weak nervous system is like. A person cannot contain the reality of an event and therefore avoids it altogether. It is as if your container, the nervous system, does not have the depth or inner resources to deal with the painful or difficult events and this governs the limit of the amount of stress or pain that can be withstood. Your nerves get frayed and the thalamus (an area at the back of your brain) filters sensations and decides which thoughts and sensations make it to the conscious mind or which go unnoticed and are pushed into the unconscious mind. These thoughts left unprocessed end up in nervous disorders.

When you develop a strong nervous system, it allowsyouto experience an event no matter how painful. You cannot control what is happening, but you can control whether you allow yourself to experience reality.

A strong nervous system is like a deep well, it gives you the ability to hold whatever situation comes into your life. A strong nervous system can allow you to experience and process painful events faster, as you can ALLOW the experience without avoiding it, process the feelings and not get attached. It can also reflect in your depth in meditation. With a strong nervous system you can meditate for hours without distracting pain. When the nervous system develops the capacity to hold pain, then your mind can bring awareness to it and then release it.

We have become a society that seeks pleasure and avoids pain at all costs. I am not saying that we should seek out pain, but the reality of life is that there are good times and bad times, this is just the polarity of existence. By consciously avoiding the tough times you are running away from reality. We all do it on some level, but the truth is that avoiding pain causes neurosis. It is important to have a strong nervous system to be graceful during tough times.

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Practical tips – What does this all mean?

Practice soothing the nervous system, through yoga and meditation. Yoga increases the energy moving through particular nerve pathways. Breath of fire is great for this. This is why sometimes you feel light headed when practicing this breath, because it has moved a block, now energy can flow along that nerve pathway releasing toxins and giving you renewed vitality, which creates that sensation of dizziness.

Yoga also works on stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, your brake pedal in life, by increasing the parasympathetic response, so you do not get the feeling of being overwhelmed.You can ALLOW yourself to see the thought, or feel the emotion, bring conscious awareness to it and release it.

The neural pathways in people with chronic pain become hypersensitive so they feel pain much faster. Yoga decreases the pain sensation by increasing the amount of information travelling down a shared neural pathway, effectively diluting the pain information. This means you withstand more pain, once again bring conscious awareness to that area and heal it.

Meditation including mantra and eye focus actively stimulates the thalamus and changes how it deals with sensory information, once again allowing us to be in the moment without rejecting it.

Try meditation to “To Stabilize the State.” This meditation works with the armpits which Yogi Bhajan said, if the brain is the engine the armpits are the exhaust. By working the armpits, the connection to our central nervous system, we strengthen the whole nervous system.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 10 Sept 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 11 Sept 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 11 Sept 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 12 Sept   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 Sept 6.45-8pm     KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 Sept 11.30-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Sun 16 Sept 10-11.30am Stress Management Workshop@ Sat Sangat, Negambo